Sunday, August 9, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays 8/9

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays will finish off their three game series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Many thought we would see a lot of 10-9 type games in this series but the first game of the series actually went into extra innings tied at one run apiece. The second game showcased David Price in his first start against the Yankees in a Blue Jays uniform and today looks like another great pitching, not offensive, matchup. The Yankees will send their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to face off with Marco Estrada. The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Tanaka has become home run prone, I asked if he was during the 2014 campaign and that has been cemented in my eyes in 2015. Tanaka has already allowed more home runs this season than he has in 2014, granted the UCL injury limited his time in 2014, but he has still pitched well enough to win. Tanaka is giving up solo home runs and not three run shots leading him to pick up the win in four of his last five starts. 

  • Estrada has been a big part of the Blue Jays recent string of success as the right-hander has allowed just two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts with the team. Estrada has won each of his last two starts and looks to win a third straight this afternoon in the Bronx. 

New York desperately needs another win here, every game they can put between them and the rest of the American League East is truly needed. Even if the Yankees got swept in this series I would still be able to say I was confident in this team, because I am personally, but the players confidence would truly take a step forward with another big win this afternoon with their ace on the mound. Let's hope they get this win. Go Yankees!

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